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The Week That Was #293… 5 peeks behind the week at Working Word


Take a sneak peek behind an exciting new shoot. Newport manufacturer enjoys overseas success. Launching 2022’s Dydd Miwsig Cymru-Welsh Language Music Day. The opening of Coleg y Cymoedd’s new Colliery 19 restaurant. Addressing the green skills challenge.


1. Shooting a big new project     

This week we took over a large studio space in Cardiff for an exciting new film shoot for one of our long standing clients. We’ll tell you more about it when we get the green light, but for now here’s a snapshot of the set, which was built over the course of a few days ahead of filming. More to follow soon…


2. Promoting Welsh exports

This week, as part of our latest campaign with Welsh Government to inspire more businesses in Wales to start exporting, we shared the story of Newport manufacturer, Atlantic Service Company, which is enjoying growing success overseas.

The company sells its products to over 50 countries with exports making up 80% of its trade! It’s now on track to boost this figure further as it looks to expand its presence in Russia, and move into new territories including Japan and Qatar, all in the next year.

You can read more about Atlantic’s success on Insider, SME Business News and Business in the News.


3. Launching 2022’s Dydd Miwsig Cymru 

This week we’ve launched 2022’s Dydd Miwsig Cymru-Welsh Language Music Day campaign, the annual event which celebrates all the music being made in the Welsh language. With the live industry feeling the long-term impact of coronavirus closures, 2022’s Dydd Miwsig Cymru will pay tribute to the independent music venues – often found at the heart of Welsh communities – that have been home to decades of Welsh language gigs and ‘miwsig memories’. We’re asking music fans to share their unforgettable memories from Welsh language music gigs at venues new and old: meeting a partner, making a long-lasting friend, or a gig as a language-learning catalyst. Miwsig fans can share their memory on social media using #MiwsigMemories. Check out this graphics video we made to launch the campaign and remember to share your miwsig memory.


4. Training the next generation of hospitality staff

This week, BBC Wales business correspondent Huw Thomas shared an insightful look into the current state of the hospitality and tourism industry. In addressing the current staff shortages in the sector and what is being done to address this, we arranged an interview at Coleg y Cymoedd’s new Colliery 19 restaurant based on their Rhondda campus. The advanced culinary training facility offers learners the chance to gain hands on skills across the college’s catering and hospitality courses at a time where their skills are in high demand.

Here, Huw spoke with cookery learner Nicholas Schindler, 19, from Ystrad Rhondda who shared his experience working in a local pub while completing his qualifications during a challenging time for the industry. The piece was aired on BBC Wales Today and shared online on the BBC News website.



5. Addressing the green skills challenge

With COP26 taking place in Glasgow over the last 10 days the climate crisis has been more of a global talking point than ever before. But with such epic problems also comes great opportunity, something which is the subject of a new article published by the IWA and authored by Capital Law construction, energy and projects lawyer, Danielle Bragg. The article - The Green Skills Challenge - considers why the industrial decarbonisation of South Wales provides the optimal scenario to develop green skills. Alongside her role at Capital Danielle is a member of the Future Leaders Group on the South Wales Industrial Cluster’s Phase 2 Deployment Project and in this article she explores what we can do to ensure the sustainable longevity of industry in South Wales, as well as creating thousands of new skilled jobs by 2050.